Curious to try making Indian food at home? This crowd-pleasing recipe is great for beginners because it's easy and all the ingredients are available at ordinary supermarkets. It comes from the marvelous cookbook Made in India (Flatiron, $35). If you like, serve the chicken with Mint and Yogurt Chutney (recipe is available on our website).



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Using a mortar and pestle, bash the ginger, garlic and green chile pepper with a pinch of salt until the mixture turns into a paste. (Or, very finely chop them together on a cutting board.) In a bowl, combine the ginger mixture, chicken, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, yogurt, chili powder, turmeric, cumin seeds, sugar, paprika and garam masala. Chill, covered, for 15 minutes or up to 2 hours (the longer the better).

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Grease two rimmed baking sheets, or line them with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Shake excess marinade off the chicken, then distribute the pieces between the pans. (Or thread chicken on skewers so it's easier to turn while cooking. Be sure to wash hands after, due to the hot peppers in the marinade.) Bake 20 minutes, turning once.

*Shopping tip

Garam masala is an Indian spice blend with cardamom, cinnamon and other flavors. It’s available at large supermarkets, or you can find online recipes to make your own.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; 8 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat; 138 mg cholesterol; 1136 mg sodium. 459 mg potassium; 5 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 29 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 477 IU vitamin a; 2 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 8 mg niacin equivalents; 1 mg vitamin b6; 7 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 66 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;